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Toyota to cut production by 20,000 cars in Japan next month

Parts shortage in Southeast Asia causes bottleneck; yearly output plan unchanged

The production line for sport utility vehicles at Toyota's Takaoka plant will be shut down for a total of seven days, including cancellation of two days of holiday production. (Photo by Yuki Nakao) 

NAGOYA -- Toyota Motor will suspend operations on seven production lines at five factories in Japan next month due to a chip shortage, the automaker said Monday.

The suspension will reduce Toyota's output by about 20,000 vehicles amid procurement delays for semiconductors and other parts. The Japanese automaker said it will maintain its global production plan of 9 million vehicles for the fiscal year ending March 2022. Toyota's January production plan, announced in mid-December, which called for 800,000 cars to be made globally, will also be carried out.

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